Paul Goldsman's suggestion for Sweden
Paul, a frequent visitor to this site, sent me this solution to lessen the impact of the dark and depressing months. Great, isn’t it? I think we should go for it!
I think part of the problem is that your Swedish working hours and calendar are not arranged properly. In the late fall and winter you ought to work in the evenings or at night. That way you will be inside and working when it is dark, and outside or at home when it is light. I also don’t understand why y’all like to take your vacations in the summertime — but the summer is the best part of the year in Sweden, the nice warm sunny part of the year, so why don’t you stay home. And then you could take your vacations in the cold dark parts of the year.
Today (Tuesday) your Stockholm sun will set at 3:37pm and soon afterwards Stockholmers will be going home in the darkness and cursing the cruel fate that denies them the kind warmth of the sun. Under my new scheme they would just be coming in to work, perhaps sitting down to a hot coffee or chocolate. I think you guys should consider it. Probably too late for this year, but next anyhow.